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Thyroid Function Testing

Thyroid function

If you’re experiencing problems related to your thyroid, you need to undergo the necessary thyroid function tests to uncover the cause of your disorder. The thyroid is a small gland located in your neck and has an incredibly important role to play. It’s responsible for hormone production, which regulates much of the body’s essential functions, such as metabolism, energy production, and mood.

When the thyroid gland is underactive or overproducing, it is considered a disorder. Most people are alerted to this when symptoms such as weight gain, lack of energy, and depression appear. Underproduction is referred to as hypothyroidism, whereas overproduction is called hyperthyroidism. Each presents its own symptoms and concerns.

The team at the Happy Hormone Cottage helps people achieve healthier, balanced hormone profiles. This includes diagnosing and treating a range of thyroid disorders. We offer comprehensive testing that goes well beyond the standard, to gain a better understanding of your general health.

Common Thyroid Conditions and Symptoms

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – is an autoimmune disease which turns the immune system against the body’s own tissues, attacking and impairing the thyroid.

Hypothyroidism the thyroid gland doesn’t create and release enough thyroid hormone into your bloodstream. 

Symptoms may include:

  • ​​Fatigue
  • Dry skin
  • Weight gain
  • Hoarse voice
  • Hair loss or hair that is thinning
  • Painful joints
  • Swelling
  • Memory loss
  • Depression

Standard Thyroid Function Tests

Thyroid function tests are a series of blood tests which indicate the health of the thyroid gland. The standard versions of these tests include the triiodothyronine (T3), T3RU, thyroxine (T4), and TSH tests These tests are specifically designed for thyroid hormone detection, which means they are highly effective but also more focused.

Happy Hormone Cottage Offers the Most Comprehensive Thyroid Testing

The thyroid is only one part of a larger picture. When our specialists provide testing, we opt for a more comprehensive hormone testing profile. Our specialists are trained to administer a 10-point blood panel that is multifaceted and identifies more than just the thyroid-stimulating hormones (TSH). 

Beyond testing for key thyroid hormones, our blood panel also tests for Hashimoto’s by examining specific antibodies. 

Thyroflex Thyroid Testing

The Thyroflex® is an FDA-approved, non-invasive test that measures the speed (in milliseconds) of the brachioradialis reflex in the arm. It is a simple, painless test that takes only about 4 minutes to administer. 

Thyroflex can accurately measure the function of the thyroid. Once therapy has been initiated, retesting of the Thyroflex® can be used to titrate to the proper and effective dose of thyroid. Having the proper amount of the hormone entering the cells is critical to improving symptoms of hypothyroidism.

Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT)

Bioidentical hormone replacement therapy utilizes compounds that originate in plant estrogens, virtually identical to our own. This naturally occurring hormone source allows you to avoid synthetic hormones. 

BHRT helps thyroid patients achieve a healthier, more balanced hormone profile. In doing so, you will experience relief from the symptoms of Hypothyroidism and other thyroid disorders.

Your unique treatment protocol is formulated based on your test results and is made with careful consideration for a range of other personal health indications. 

Thyroid Function Testing Available in Centerville & Mason, Ohio

If you have questions or concerns about thyroid health, reach out to the team at the Happy Hormone Cottage today! We are happy to answer any questions and provide you with all of the information regarding thyroid testing and hormone therapy! 

Call our office to speak with a member of our team or schedule a consultation online today!

Written by Lyn Hogrefe